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This category includes all parenting and education materials.

On the Move

On the Move

Submitter: My husband and I have recently taken over library duties at a private special needs school that started out life as a tutoring center.  The library had never been professionally – well, anything.  As a result, the weeding process was kinda more “bulldozer” than “scalpel.”  This one was one of the winners.  “On the Move,” dates from 1979 and that is *exactly* who you think it is on the cover…as a role model figure…in a children’s book…in a school library collection in 2015…

Holly: This book is part of the “Rally!” reading program. The company has moved on to more current materials, for sure – including common core standards that are state-specific. This title, as well as the other 1970s and 1980s (and probably even 1990s) readers can definitely be considered for weeding in most libraries now!


More Bleeding Edge Teaching Materials:

Old School

The Retarded Reader

New Math  Trauma


Problem Solving with Calculators

Calculate This!


Honey We Lost the Kids


Honey, We Lost the Kids: Re-Thinking childhood in the multimedia age

Submitter: The content of this book was great in 2005. By now it’s dated and needs weeding, which is ho-hum and to be expected with tech topics in particular.  The sh!#-storm is the cover, which was NEVER OKAY. Honestly, we weed constantly. I don’t know where these things keep popping up from.

Holly: That cover is horrid! Zombie Marge Simpson is after her! Are those piercings and a tattoo on the child’s head? I’m sure it was a fine book 15 years ago, but I’m with submitter. Weed it.

More Damaged Kids:

Parents! TV = Mind Control

TV will Ruin You!

New Math Trauma

Satan for Kids (If that doesn’t damage a kid, I don’t know what will!)

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Home School Your Kids

Home Schooling
Answers to Questions Parents Most Often Ask
McIntire and Windham

This is one of those books that caught my eye because of the family on the cover. The expressions are just a bit weird. I think the kids (and possibly the dog) are evil robots and are out to destroy us… but hey, that’s just me.

As a home school manual, it’s not too bad but it is dated. I think the format is helpful for first time homeschooling families. I had to home school my then 2nd grader and kindergartner when we had returned to the US after a work assignment for a couple of years in the UK.  The UK teachers set me up for a month and I thought this would work fine. (I even have an education degree!) Within 2 weeks, I started to believe it was a murder/suicide situation in the making. Bottom line, I am not that kind of parent. I will chalk up my month to a lesson learned and leave education to the pros.


Schooled at ALB:

High Tech Heretic

Spare the Rod?

Parents! TV=Mind Control


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